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- DescriptionIn the 1970s, estranged from the institutions and practices of high art, avant-garde artist and award-winning velist Genpei Akasegawa launched an open-ended, participatory project to search the streets of Japan for strange objects which he and his collaborators labeled hyperart, codifying them with an elaborate system of humorous menclature. Along with moderlogists such as the Japanese urban anthropologist Kon Wajiro and his European contemporary, Walter Benjamin, Akasegawa is part of a lineage of modern wanderers of the cityscape. His work, which has captured the imagination of Japan, reads like a comic forerunner of the somber mixed-media writings of W.G. Sebald, and will appeal to all fans of modern literature, art, artistic/social movements and writing that combines visual images and text in the exploration of urban life. Matthew Fargo's first U.S. translation of Akasegawa's hilarious, brilliantly conceived exercise in collective observation is accompanied by essays from ted scholars Jordan Sand and Reiko Tomii.
- Author(s)Akasegawa Genpei
- PublisherKaya Production,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/05/2009
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintKaya Production,U.S.
- Content Note230 b&w illustrations
- Weight340 g
- Width120 mm
- Height170 mm
- Spine30 mm
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